I don't get it.
Today, momma duck was out looking for food and I checked out the nest..
The one egg I saw is gone.
And I see no other eggs or any shells.
Maybe a feral cat ate the chick...But where's the shell?
I take every animal that I'm in care for very seriously. Each receives as much care, medical attention and quality of life that I'm capable of.
I have a deep feeling of responsibility for each living thing that counts on me for its survival. And I spare no expense in their care.
This tortoise is WILD CHILD.
He or she was named that because she happened to hatch and go about on her own out in my enclosure for at least 4 months without me ever noticing that she existed
She must've foraged for her own food during that time and has only now spent less than 72 hours indoors...
I was just updating my "following" list. Something I rarely do. And I found that about 75% of those members are no longer active. In fact, some have been gone for years.
It sure doesn't seem like that much time has passed.
Most of these animals can be found with little to no trouble within a 30 mile range living wild.
To simplify things when shopping for a uvb light for your tortoise...just remember:
"IF IT SCREWS IN, IT'S NOT GOOD."
These are all common pet shop uvb bulbs and they are all horrible.
An MVB and 2 different types of CFL.
(There are other configurations)
All of these are either ineffective...
I know that many of us have other pet reptiles and amphibians, etc. And we feed crickets and other insects.
I also assume that I'm not the only one that draws the line at handling and dealing with feeder roaches.
Recently I found these on the Chameleon forum. HORSESHOE CRAB ROACHES.
There seems to be an unwritten rule that if you own a cat, its perfectly acceptable to let it free range the neighborhood, peeing and pooping anywhere but in the probably non existent litterbox at the owners residence.
Since these same people would very likely be unhappy if I allowed my dog to...
I'm attempting to keep HORSESHOE CRAB ROACHES to feed to my growing Chameleon collection.
They require OAK and MAPLE leaf litter.
Florida does have Live Oak. But gathering up a clean bunch of them seemed unfeasible since those areas also contain many other types of vegetation.
So I ordered some...
Unfortunately, I can not recommend THE JUNGLE FLORIDA in Deerfield beach Florida.
This establishment has both a large variety of animals and a very friendly owner.
I had fully expected to like this place.
Initially, I was sold a female VOHEMAR Chameleon as a male for $349
I spoke to the owner...
In my opinion, we should suggest that every new keeper of tortoises or any other type of reptile needs to purchase a 6.5 or 6.5R UVB meter.
There are so many types of UVB lights now. that we have to just guess where to mount them or which ones suit our needs best.
I've seen the same MVB light...
As you may know, I do not advocate using humidifiers for our tortoises.
That's because creating a closed chamber enclosure eliminates the need and simplifies things.
In this case, I'm using several of these to provide the near 100% humidity that my Chameleons require at night. While still living...
This is my newest Chameleon. A 5.5 month old VOHEMAR Panther Chameleon.
I just got him yesterday.
He is showing what I believe to be the early onset signs of MBD.
Notice the curving elbows and the mouth not fully closed. (Sometimes)
He goes to see Dr. K (Kelleher) of T.V. fame at 10 this Friday...